Ireland Rose, born to Irish immigrants, has grown up in Baltimore. She is married off to a sea captain her father trusts and her parents pass away. Rose has to make her home in post Civil War Charleston and lives in her husband’s mansion taken care of by an African American family. Rose is widowed pretty soon after and is left alone again. Several tragedies befall her and she decides to emigrate to Ireland to look for her relatives. This is a saga that spans several years of Rose’s life. This is also a Christian romance and there is a lot of dialogue with God.
I liked reading about life in the South after the War. Social conditions and taboos of the time are woven into the story and you get a feel for how things must have been. It is heartwarming to read about the family that chooses to stay on and take care of Rose even though they are emancipated. Then there is Rose’s spirited friend who faces an unexpected tragedy. True love stands the ravages of time. In fact, it gets stronger as time passes by. Rose is patient about her feelings for the debonair Captain Wyatt.
This is a must read for anyone with an ounce of sentiment in them. You will meet a lot of interesting characters, and you will laugh and cry with them. And you will be glad that you are so blessed in your life.